Meet Rita Simpson-Vlach, Educational Materials Developer

January 10, 2019 | By: CJ Pettus

Michigan Language Assessment will soon offer a more robust set of educational materials. Rita Simpson-Vlach joined Michigan Language Assessment as the educational materials developer in the fall of 2018. She’ll support teachers and test centers by developing new educational resources that include test preparation materials and classroom activities for skill-specific development.

Rita Simpson-Vlach
Rita Simpson-Vlach

Developing teaching materials taps into my creative process as a teacher, a writer, and a language expert.

Rita is an experienced EFL and ESL teacher. She earned her PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan, holds a K–12 teaching credential, and she’s worked with learners of all ability levels and ages in both the United States and abroad. Rita has experience training teachers and she has taught in a graduate-level teacher preparation program (MA TESOL), as well as designed and conducted teacher training seminars, workshops, and in-service professional development courses for EFL and ESL teachers.

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Linking MET Go! and the CEFR

November 29, 2018

Linking the MET Go! and the Common European Framework of Reference summarizes the results of a standard setting study that was conducted to link scores on each section of the MET Go! to the proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference.

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First Test Centers Administering MET Go!

November 8, 2018

Language learners ages 11 to 15 are now proving their English with MET Go!, the newest Michigan Language Assessment test.

MET Go! is an appealing 4-skills test that offers full-color illustrations and modern, age-appropriate content and activities. It’s an affordable way for people to demonstrate proficiency for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages levels A1–B1.

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English Learners Achieve PRONI Goals with Michigan Tests

October 24, 2018

Teachers and students across Mexico are successfully taking Michigan Language Assessment exams to prove their English as part of the Programa Nacional de Inglés (PRONI). PRONI aims to strengthen English language education in state schools, supported by international certification for teachers and students.

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New Research Grant for Latin America

October 12, 2018 | By: Michigan Language Assessment

Michigan Language Assessment is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for its research grant programs. In addition to the long-running Spaan Research Grant program, this year we are launching the Latin American Research Grant program, to support research in that part of the world.

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